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Alabama Football Recruiting 2020: Tide gets commitment from top in-state linebacker

Demouy Kennedy looks to follow in C.J. Mosley’s footsteps

Hailing from Theodore, Alabama, Demouy Kennedy was a one-time Auburn commit that backed off of his pledge in March. Alabama offered him a scholarship in May, and he committed to the Tide a month later after attending a camp in Tuscaloosa.

At 6’2” 204, he’s a bit light for a linebacker, and Alabama is looking to use him as somewhat of a hybrid player. He’s an explosive and relentless blitzer, whether as an edge rusher or coming up the middle, and also has the speed to drop into pass coverage. From the start, the Tide apparently plans to use him like Dylan Moses in his freshman year— playing both middle linebacker and blitzing off the edge.

From 247:

“Bama, they had me as a hybrid and that’s what I’ve always wanted to play,” he told BamaOnLine. “I feel like that’s what I’m good at playing. LSU, they had me as just a pass rusher and they told me they weren’t going to drop me in coverage. I didn’t like that. I went with what’s best for me. It was between the battle of LSU and Bama. And when I found out how both were going to use me I knew what I wanted to do.”

The realization that Alabama was the choice for him came during a sit-down with UA’s defensive coordinator.

“I knew when I was in that room with Pete Golding and he was just showing me how he was going to use me,” Kennedy said. “Then I met Dylan Moses, and (Golding) said he was going to use me just like him and I already knew it.”

Kennedy is the second-ranked player in the state of Alabama, and #96 in the nation by the 247 Composite. With his commitment, 3 of the top 4 players in the state are committed to Alabama and the Crimson Tide moves just a little further ahead of LSU in the 2020 team rankings.

[ED.NOTE: Kennedy is an early enrollee. ~ cb969]